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‘I am not qualified’: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announces retirement from politics

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would retire from politics and will not stand in elections next year. The 76-year-old leader said last month that he would run for the vice-presidency in 2022. The country’s constitution only permits presidents to serve a single six-year term. But he now says he will withdraw, as “the […]

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Earthquake of 5.7-magnitude hits south of Philippines capital Manila

An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 has struck south of the Philippines capital, Manila. The deep quake struck off Batangas province on Luzon island at 1:12am with residents in the nearby capital of Manila woken by their buildings shaking. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake struck at a depth of 74km. […]

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Philippines deploys fighter aircrafts to look over 200 Chinese vessels in disputed Whitsun Reef

The Philippines deployed light fighter aircraft to fly over hundreds of Chinese vessels in disputed waters in the South China Sea, its defence minister said, as he repeated his demand immediate withdrawal. International concern is growing over what the Philippines has described as a “swarming and threatening presence” of more than 200 Chinese vessels that […]

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Philippines asks China to recall its 220 boat fleet floating off disputed reef in South China Sea

The Philippines have asked China to recall more than 200 boats that were spotted at a disputed reef claimed by both Manila and Beijing, describing their presence as a “clear provocative action.” Philippine government officials on Saturday said 220 Chinese vessels moored at the boomerang-shaped Whitsun Reef, which Manila calls the Julian Felipe Reef, close […]

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Philippines spots 220 Chinese military vessels at disputed reef in the South China Sea

Philippines has expressed concern after spotting hundreds of Chinese military vessels at a reef claimed by both countries in the South China Sea. A government task force overseeing the disputed region said late on Saturday that about 220 vessels, believed to be crewed by Chinese maritime militia personnel, were seen moored at the Whitsun Reef […]

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Filipinos are angry over death of 3-month-old baby separated from jailed mother

A three-month-old baby died after being separated from her jailed mother despite pleas to keep the pair together has shocked the Philippines. Reina Mae Nasino, a human rights worker, didn’t know she was pregnant when she was arrested last year in Manila. It was only during a medical examination in prison that the 23-year-old found […]

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27 million people placed under lockdown in Philippines amid surge in new coronavirus infections

Over 27 million people in the Philippines were put back in lockdown, after doctors warned a surge in new coronavirus cases could push the healthcare system to collapse. Manila and four surrounding provinces on the island of Luzon have been placed under lockdown for two weeks. The stay at home orders were only lifted in […]

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Philippines capital region of Metro Manila relaxes 76-day lockdown

The Philippines’ capital region of Metro Manila has emerged from a lockdown that began in mid-March – longer even than the 76-day quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged last year. Manila has moved into a state of general community quarantine (GCQ), which will allow more people to return to work, […]

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Plane carrying coronavirus medical supplies bursts into flames, 8 killed

A Tokyo-bound plane crashed while taking off from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines capital city of Manila on Sunday, killing all eight on board. All passengers on board Lion Air Flight RPC 5880 died after the plane caught fire as it was taking off from the airport, according to Manila’s International Airport Authority. […]

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Manila mall hostage-taker surrenders

A sacked security guard shot one person and took about 30 others hostage at a Manila shopping centre on Monday surrendered to authorities, ending a day-long standoff. The former guard walked out of the V-Mall where he was allowed to speak briefly to the press before heavily armed officers tackled and arrested him. Scores of […]

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Crops have turned gray in Philippines from ash spewed by Taal Volcano

Parts of the Philippines have turned gray after the Taal volcano spewed lava and ash into the sky this week. Thousands of people have fled the danger zone, as a massive eruption is awaited. The ash-fall that drifted from the volcano has damaged over $10.9 million worth of crops, the Department of Agriculture said, according to Reuters. […]

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Taal volcano crater completely disappeared after early explosive behaviour

The Taal volcano in the Philippines continued erupting on Thursday, albeit with less of the ash production seen earlier in the week. Scientists are monitoring the situation remotely, using ground and space instrumentation, to try to gauge what might happen next. The radar image on this page is the latest to come down from the Iceye […]